Leaking Pipe Caused Ceiling Issue

A Leaking Pipe Caused Ceiling Issue – it started as a 4″ bubble of water and ended up a 4′ hole. The hubby is pointing to the stream of water shooting out from the pipe.

The hubby and I were about to leave the house to go light bulb shopping…we’re exciting like that. For some reason he looked up at the ceiling and noticed a weird bulging. When he pointed it out for a second I thought it was some kind of weird cocoon with bug juice dripping out of it (drama queen much?!?).

It turned out what I was looking at was a water filled paint bubble. The paint was so stretched it looked like gossamer wings and that’s why I expected something to fly or ooze out of it at any moment.

I took the shopping trip alone and the hubby stayed home to investigate. I returned to find a 4′ hole and a copper pipe with a spring of water streaming from it. By the end of the night, a bucket was in place and all of my store’s inventory was moved. What a mess.

The good news? The pipe is the cold water pipe to the master bathroom. Good news because it’s not the toilet drain! The bad news? It’s a pinhole leak which is usually caused by corrosion inside the pipes so this is not just a patch-it-and-go fix. It’s going to take some time to inspect and replace whole sections of the pipe – there goes the ceiling.

Owning a house is a never ending battle. We’ve lived in this house for 24 years and I’m ready to retire to a condo in Florida with a handyman on call!